Raising a child on one’s own is challenging; a fact that any single parent in Texas will attest to. Finding a way to provide for a child, cover child care needs and be there to supply love and guidance is far more difficult when a parent holds sole child custody rights and there is no other parent to lean on for support. It can be even more of a challenge for a single parent to pursue their own career path while managing the needs of one or more children.
Despite these difficulties, some single parents are able to raise their children while also working to pursue their own passions. Such is the case for Fantasia Barrino, former winner of American Idol. The singer recently released an album that took the number two spot on the Billboard 200, but is currently making headlines over her former boyfriend’s decision to file a child custody suit against her.
The parties are parents to a 13-year-old girl, and were never married. Those close to the singer claim that the child’s father has never played a significant role in her life. In addition, the singer asserts that he has not provided any form if financial support during the first 13 years of the child’s life. Despite these claims, he is asking the court to grant him full custody of his daughter.
What he may end up with is an outcome that he has not anticipated; an order to provide child support payments. Barrino has stated that she believes that if her ex is able and willing to take on full custody of their daughter, then he should be able and willing to provide financial support for her needs. In fact, the court could order that past payments be made, in addition to legally requiring the child’s father to pay current and future support.
Fantasia Barrino has stated that she is fully prepared to respond to any claim that her former boyfriend might make in regard to her parenting. While there is no way to know the full details of the child custody case, if the father has in fact been absent for the first 13 years of his daughter’s life, it is unlikely that a court would grant him full custody at this time. As the case moves forward in 2015, additional details may be made available to readers in Texas and across the nation.
Source: guardianlv.com, “Fantasia Barrino Baby Father Sues for Full Custody“, Rebecca Grace, Oct. 5, 2014